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Half-time motivation from the vice-chancellor himself proved to be the catalyst for University of Fort Hare as they registered a dramatic win in their first Hollywoodbets Super League outing.

According to UFH coach Asanda Mnakaniso, Prof Sakhela Buhlungu headed to the changerooms at the break where he urged his students to keep pushing because their first goal was imminent.

Only minutes into the second stanza Nosikho Magqaza equalised for the home side, sending the capacity crowd into raptures and confirming the VC as a pundit who knows his football.

TUT Matsatsantsa were always going to present a significant challenge and Fort Hare’s 2-1 victory on their Super League debut was nothing short of “brilliant”, Mnakaniso said.

“TUT are a very good team and have players with experience. They were very constructive in their build-ups.”

Fort Hare benefited from a very good pre-match warm-up session to come out firing.

“We hit the crossbar in the first five minutes so they knew we meant business,” the coach said.

The passion shown by the fans who flocked to Davidson Stadium in Alice was a huge factor in driving his team forward.

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New signing Kesha Hendricks made an immediate impact for Fort Hare when she found the net against TUT on Saturday. Photo: Full Stop Communications

None of his players had experienced anything like it, he said.

“They just kept motivating us and giving us spirit.”

Many players’ parents were in the stands and Mnakaniso loved the fact that they were there to share in their children’s joy after the final whistle.

“It was a wonderful atmosphere,” he said.

He was also ecstatic with the way his new signings performed alongside his homegrown stars on Saturday.

Thanks to their pre-season friendlies against Super League opponents everyone knew their role and gelled as if they had been playing together for a long time.

Former University of Cape Town representative Kesha Hendricks had a particularly impressive debut with her new club, marking the occasion with her side’s winning goal.

Mnakaniso also praised Magqaza and centre-back Amanda November for taking the game to their opponents.

As much as the ladies were delighted with the win, they were being careful not to get “carried away”.

“It’s a long journey with us playing 30 games. We want to see where we are on the log after seven games, so we are not looking too far ahead,” he cautioned.

“We have worked out that the teams who were relegated from the Super League last year failed to get 21 points, so we know we need to get more than this to maintain our status. That is our goal in our first season.”

He said they should celebrate their victories but it was important not to lose focus.

Fort Hare will not have it any easier in their next assignment against UP-Tuks in Pretoria on Saturday.

The home team will be smarting from their 0-2 defeat to Durban Ladies and will be out to teach their rookie opponents a lesson at their home fortress.

The match starts at 3pm.